By Seyifunmi Odunuga
A frontline televangelist and Nigerian Prophet, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly known as T. B. Joshua has reported dead.
The leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) a Christian megachurch that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos died in Lagos on Saturday evening, six days to his 58 birthday.
The cause of his death was unknown as of the time of this report.
T.B Joshua died shortly after finishing a programme at his church.
His body had been deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy.
Prophet T.B. Joshua, a Nigerian most charismatic pastor, televangelist and philanthropist, was born June 12, 1963 at Arigidi Akoko, Akoko NorthWest Local Government Area, Ondo State, South West, Nigeria.
According to Wikipedia, Joshua was born June 12, 1963 at the age of 57. And died on the 5th of June 2021.
The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, Emmanuel TV, on YouTube Channel
Joshua is known for his popularity across Africa and Latin America and his social media presence with 5,500,000 fans on Facebook.
TB’s YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, had over 10,000,000 YouTube subscribers and was the world’s most viewed Christian ministry on the platform before it was suspended.
Pastor Temitope Joshua was Described as the “Oprah of Evangelism” and “YouTube’s most Popular Pastor”,
He has been awarded various accolades, notably receiving the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2008 and being voted the Yoruba man of the decade by Pan-Yoruba media outlet Irohin-Odua.
Pastor Joshua has been called one of Africa’s 50 most influential people by Pan-African magazines The Africa Report and New African Magazine.
According to Forbes, Joshua was Nigeria’s third-richest pastor, although the claim was immediately denied in a statement by the church.
He was known to be controversial, and was even ‘blacklisted’ by the government of Cameroon in 2010.